While I was gone, Dakota switched their flooring from paper towels to pine shavings. He also put a stick in the brooder for them to use as a low perch. They seem to like the perch so far, and are getting better at standing on it and gripping it with their little toes. They've been trying out some other fun chicken behaviors as well, like scratching and dust baths--although, in this case, they are shavings baths.
They have been getting a bit rowdy at times, running and jumping and chasing each other around a bit. Dakota put a wire mesh over the top of the brooder to keep them in. We don't want them hopping out and running around the house while we're gone. What would Nigel think?
So, the chicks seem pretty happy and healthy at the two week mark. It's been fun raising them so far, and I'm excited for all the adventures to come.